Bernie's delicious spinach dip

Bernie's delicious spinach dip can be made in a jiffy.

To make any hearty snack, all you need to do is keep out the chemicals and refined carbs; that means no lemon juice concentrate or solvent-extracted oils.

Fresh fruit and vegetables, and cold-pressed oil from the olive are the order of the day.

Bernie's healthy spinach dip.

This page was last updated by Bernard Preston on 4th July, 2021.

So no preservatives or flavour-enhancers but just your own preferred herbs, fresh lemon juice and olive oil; and a bit of this or that. So I generally make just enough for today's salad, and perhaps a little left over.

You do have a salad every day, right? Remember 5 to 10 brightly-coloured foods per day is absolutely vital if you want to minimise the chances of getting the big C.

It's the coloured fruits and veggies that have many of the phytosterols. 

Please do not assume that it's only other people who get malignant tumours. It is a horrible way to die, and prevention is the name of the game. Coloured fruit and vegetables, raw or cooked, every day is a great start to reducing that risk substantially.

Then avoid as many chemicals, especially those in your food, as you can; asbestos, certain medications like post-menopausal hormones and smoking too. I watched my father die of a malignant lung tumour; it was not pretty. Fifteen precious years were lost. Bernie's healthy spinach dip contains five of those colours in just one condiment.

Lemon juice concentrate

There are few things more ugly than lemon-juice concentrate, preserved unto everlasting life; just read the label and then taste it. It's horrible.

If you have no access to fresh lemons, then rather use apple-cider vinegar; it too may have sulphur dioxide as a preservative.

Freezing lemon juice is our first choice.

Every home should have a lemon in the garden. Currently in South Africa they sell for R4 each, about US 30c; I've just counted and we have over 200 hanging on our tree and have already eaten perhaps another hundred.

So that would gross at least R1,000 worth of fruit at the retail price each year. I planted it four decades ago when we built our home; I reckon that will beat any share on the stock-exchange for a return.

Recipe for spinach dip

Basic ingredients

  1. Olive oil
  2. Lemon juice
  3. Young leaf of spinach
  4. Your favourite herbs
  5. Salt and pepper
Spinach and avocado dip

Frankly it is different every time I make it; it is such fun to try a bit of this one day, or that another. I never follow recipes strictly after the first few attempts. It is so boring. Like living life in a box, confined, trapped and limited by Bernie's spinach dip recipes. Sometimes I might throw in a radish, half a peach, or a sprig of green coriander, for example.

Spinach dip sauce.

Bernie's delicious spinach dip

Bernie's delicious spinach dip says now just watch all the salad get eaten; less calcium deposition in your arteries and joints too. One of the carotenoids inhibits the rapid digestion of starch in the small intestine which is vital for those who are insulin resistant.

This is the dip that the family raves about, so the basic ingredients have settled down around these.

  • A good slosh of olive oil, perhaps a third of a cup
  • 1/3 of a lemon, including the pulp, but with the pips removed
  • 1/2 orange, ditto
  • One young spinach leaf
  • One small shallot, spring onion or chives
  • One half of an avocado
  • Fresh parsley, mint and sweet basil; add your favourites
  • 1/3 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • S&P

What is raw honey? You have to find a small local apiarist, or perhaps even learn how to start beekeeping; my life-long fascinating hobby.

Whilst the African bee is very dangerous, mostly its European and American cousins are relatively tame, and you will be making one small contribution to sustaining the environment. Sigh, what kind of a world are we leaving to our grandchildren?

Mature spinach.

"Growing your own food is like printing your own money" 

- Ron Finley


How to grow spinach

You do have a spinach patch, right? After radishes, it is the easiest veg in the world to grow. A 3' square spot in the tiniest garden will keep you going right through the summer.

We have to surround the patch with sticks to keep the dogs out of the spinach.

The blended spinach dip ingredients.

A stick-blender is one of the essential bits of equipment for the kitchen. I like it because it's so easy to clean compared with the big appliances.

This Chimichurri sauce for preserving parsley is a very similar condiment that will add to any salad.


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How to make spinach dip

Really it takes no more than about 10 minutes.

  1. Nip down to the garden; pick a green onion and one or two tiny fresh spinach leaves. Cut out the stalks with a sharp knife.
  2. Wash the leaves and drop them into the stick-blender bowl.
  3. Peel a third of a lemon and half an orange; not too much or it will overpower your spinach dip.
  4. Toss in a handful of your favourite herbs.
  5. Half an avocado makes Bernie's healthy spinach dip smooth and creamy.
  6. Add the natural honey, salt and pepper.
  7. Blend.

Lutein benefit

Lutein benefit in an important subject for every single person, especially for smokers. Together with zeaxanthin, these carotenoids protect both the retina and the lens from the damage done by high-energy light radiation.

A deficiency is likely to bring about lutein macular degeneration, an irreversible cause of blindness in the older person; and cataracts too.

The richest sources are your greens; enjoy Bernie's healthy spinach dip regularly, kale and broccoli at least once a week. Add to that corn on the cob in season and you have adequate protection against MD blindness and cataracts.


"It was a delicious lunch, and that leftover tub of salads hit exactly the right spot for supper last night - I haven't felt like eating, but ate every scrap of your concoction!

Now of course, I need a list of ingredients for Bernie's Healthy Spinach dip ......... please? I remember the honey, and the herbs, but nothing else. It's the best 'dressing' I've ever tasted!


Zeaxanthin macular degeneration

Zeaxanthin macular degeneration reminds me of the tragedy of five million Americans who have unwittingly settled for being blind rather than eat their coloured foods; and plenty of South Africans too, only the research has been done in the USA. And another double that number who are now partially sighted.

Zeaxanthin is a potent antioxidant found almost exclusively in the cones in the macula of the eye; that is the region where colour and fine discrimination are detected.

It functions together with a twin brother called lutein in protecting the cones in the retina from damaging high-energy ionising radiation.

Both zeaxanthin and lutein are found in rich amounts in Bernie's delicious spinach dip. Let your food be your medicine, said Hippocrates. A mealie a day would provide most of our needs too.

Another of the carotenoids is beta-cryptoxanthin that is also found in dark green leafy vegetables like spinach; it has scientifically proven properties of preventing dementia[4]. Large amounts are also located in citrus. Bernie's healthy spinach dip is rich in these phytonutrients that will carry us into a strong and zestful old age.

Being a blood donor is a challenge to the body; large amounts of iron from our food is vital. I find it interesting that despite eating meat only occasionally, the levels of this important mineral are always high; daily spinach and kale is one of the reasons.

It's a time to sow and spinach, kale and lemons should top the list in every garden.

Chemicals in food

If you were to buy a dip like this in the supermarket, you can be sure that food scientists would add preservatives, it just will not keep, antioxidants and flavour enhancers; once they have made it in a factory, bottled it, and it has been some months on the shelf and in your refrigerator, you can be sure it won't taste a patch as good as Bernie's delicious spinach dip.

Make just enough for a couple meals; it does not keep, of course. In short, taking good care of ourselves and our possessions need not be such a chore.

A PROMISE

I know it is dumb to make promises like this but if you make Bernie's delicious spinach dip, I can give you a reasonable assurance that all the kids, even dad, will finish their salad, and come back for more. Even my grand kids, four and two, comply; with no coercion.

I love Google, but it is meant the end of the road for the very important apostrophe. Bernie's delicious spinach dip, of course. As a writer I am mourning the demise of the apostrophe. Do you know the difference between these three terms?

  • Teddybear's picnic,
  • Teddybears' picnic
  • Teddybears picnic?

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